NC 2-year-old fatally shoots self after finding loaded handgun under couch

By David Edwards
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:17 EDT
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Melvin Andre Clark Jr. arrested for daughters death (WTVD)
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A North Carolina man was in jail on Sunday after his 2-year-old daughter found a loaded handgun under the couch and shot herself to death.

Fayetteville police responded to a call at around 12 p.m. on Saturday and found Samarri Tyana Beauford suffering from a gunshot wound, according to WTVD. She was later pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Investigators determined that the 2-year-old found the .22 semi-automatic pistol under the family’s couch. The shooting occurred when she found the weapon while playing.

Melvin Andre Clark Jr., Beauford’s 22-year-old father, was arrested on Sunday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Clark has previously faced four breaking and entering charges in 2011 and larceny charges, WTVD reported.

He was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Watch this video from WTVD, broadcast Oct. 20, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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